And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matthew 28:18-20)
A certain preacher had a habit of always beginning his sermon by asking, “Why are we here, Why are we here?” Once, he was invited to speak at an insane asylum. As he stood before the audience, he forgot where he was and began his speech in his customary way. “Why are we here, why are we here?” he asked. One old man in the back stood up and replied, “We don’t know why you are here, preacher, but we’re here because we aren’t all there.” We need to ask ourselves in a serious vain, “Why am I here?” What is our real mission in life? What is the mission of the Lord’s church?
Negatively speaking, the mission of the church is not to enhance social prestige. While it is true that the church should be well spoken of in the community (Acts 2:47), it should never be our aim to compromise the truth in order to be socially accepted. Neither is it the mission of the church to entertain. Many denominational churches have become commercialized and entertainment conscious. For example, one church advertised “Karate For Christ” as a special gimmick to draw a crowd. The mission of the church is not to preach a social gospel. While we are concerned about the material needs of the world, it is not the mission of the church to campaign for civil rights or to engage in political issues.
For the next few weeks, we will focus our thoughts on what it means to be mission minded like the New Testament church. We will reflect on what it means to be a soul winner and why personal evangelism is essential for church growth. We need to start planting seeds and looking for the harvest.
May the Lord bless you and keep you!
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